Meet March’s KFM Teacher of the Month

March’s KFM Teacher of the Month is Jodi Johnson, a third grade teacher at Steele Elementary School in Galesburg. Jodi was nominated by Angie Mccarthy who has a son in Jodi’s class. As KFM’s Teacher of the Month, Jodi receives the Big Red Apple Award along with a $100 gift card and other gifts courtesy of Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments, Cooks & Company and 105.3 KFM. Here’s a little bit about Jodi Johnson:

Where did you grow up? Wataga
Years teaching: 31
Favorite Subject Growing Up: Reading
Favorite Subject To Teach: Math
Favorite Food: Homemade Chicken & Noodles
Least Favorite Food: Cooked Spinach
My Favorite Movie: Little Mermaid and Lion King
My Favorite TV Show: I Don’t Watch TV too much
My Favorite Book: Growing Up Magic Treehouse books. 
My Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Cubs
During My Spare Time I Like To:

Here’s what Angie has to say about Jodi:

What sets this teacher apart from others?

Mrs. Johnson has a passion for teaching. She goes above and beyond to engage her students and make learning a fun experience. She’s always looking for exciting ways to teach the kids, like bringing a pot-belly pig into her class after they studied them, among many other fun ideas she has. She is the only teacher that comes to every PTO meeting throughout the year and is always stepping up to help. Mrs. Johnson organizes the school carnival, something that takes a lot of extra time, all to benefit the children.

What is one thing this teacher does that is not in their job description but they do it anyway to help you or your child?

She goes out of her way to help her students, once after school there was a student who didn’t get picked up. Mrs. Johnson didn’t hesitate to walked the child home. She is in contact with me often over my son. He had a very tough second grade year, so bad I was ready to try private school, but this year is going so much better with her help and our open communication. I’m sure others do this, but one thing my son loves, is she greets every student with a hug each morning.

Give an example of a way this teacher has helped or impacted you or your child.

Max’s brother passed away a few years ago, leaving Max a little more sensitive and anxious than the average kid. He is such a kind hearted boy, but there are some kids who are hard for him to handle. Mrs. Johnson takes the time to listen to him and help him work through some of the issues he has to deal with. She makes him feel special and recognizes his talents. Mrs. Johnson has a way of making every kid feel special. She challenges the kids and motivates them to work to their fullest potential and has a way of making them excited about it. Mrs. Johnson is patient, kind, generous, and loving. The impression and impact she has on kids is a lasting effect, during holiday parties she is always having previous students come back to visit. Once you have been a student of Mrs. Johnson’s, you will always be one of her kids! Everyone wants Mrs. Johnson for a teacher, and anyone who gets her is truly fortunate!

Congratulations Jodi for being named March’s KFM Teacher of the Month from Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments, Cooks & Company and 105.3 KFM

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